This is, by far, the best photo sequence I’ve yet seen demonstrating that Michael Phelps did manage to out-touch Milorad Cavic in last night’s unbelievable 100 butterfly final. I mean, you get a great sense that Phelps did the unthinkable from the in-pool and high-speed overhead cameras (note that I’m sure those videos will disappear from YouTube at some point soon), but these photos are pretty awesome.

What a great year this has been for Olympics swimming.

(Postscript: I just realized that those SI photos weren’t official Omega timekeeping photos or anything, they were taken by my old boss, a regular member of the press covering the Olympic swimming events; those are just all kinds of pure awesome.)